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Queen of Salsa: Celia Cruz Becomes First Latin Diva Honored On Apollo’s Walk Of Legends

Legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz has been honored with a place on the Walk of Legends at New York’s Apollo Theater.

The late Cuban-born singer was honored on Saturday night, marking the 50th anniversary of her first appearance on the stage of the iconic New York theater.

Cuban singer Lucrecia and Dominican salsa musician Jose Alberto, known as “El canario,” performed some of Cruz’s most famous songs.

The concert was part of a series commemorating the 80th anniversary of the legendary Harlem theater.

Cruz made her Apollo debut on March 22, 1964, sharing the stage with Cuban musicians Machito and Joe Cuba, a Puerto Rican musician.

The “Queen of Salsa” is the first Latin artist to be honored with a place at the Apollo’s Walk of Legends.

Celia Cruz, who died of cancer on July 16, 2003, in her Fort Lee, New Jersey, home at the age of 77, is buried in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.


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